KZN readies for cracker matches

2012-10-26 00:00

THERE are few things that South Africans love more than their sport, and those in KwaZulu-Natal will be spoilt for choice this weekend as Pietermaritzburg hosts PSL Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs tonight and Durban welcomes Western Province for tomorrow’s Currie Cup final.

Tonight’s match at Harry Gwala stadium is set to be a cracker as all 10 000 tickets were snapped up two days ago.

It may not seem like a lot, but that many people crammed into Maritzburg United’s modest stadium turns the atmosphere electric and those living in the Pelham area should be well prepared for an evening accompanied by the buzz of vuvuzelas en masse.

United’s club officials have warned fans without tickets not to try their luck at the stadium, but avoid disappointment and catch the game on SuperSport Four.

United coach Ernst Middendorp expects tonight’s electric atmosphere to have a positive influence on his team.

“Of course for us it is a very big motivation playing in front of our own supporters,” he said.

“It will be a big occasion for some of the younger players in our team.”

Meanwhile, over at King’s Park, the threat of another rainy Saturday and the high ticket prices will almost ensure that the Sharks and Western Province will not play to a full house when they meet in the Currie Cup final.

The poor weather in recent weeks has hit the crowds at Sharks games and only 21 500 spectators watched their semi-final win over the Blue Bulls at the weekend. The forecast is for rain again tomorrow and this will certainly again impact on the crowd.

There has also been some anger at the price of tickets — which has remained unchanged since the 2010 final — with adults paying R350 each and scholars R170. Some 13 000 tickets went on sale to the public on Monday and, while demand has picked up during the week, a spokesperson for the Sharks said yesterday that there would still be seats available on the day of the final.

King’s Park accommodates 52 000, but it is likely that only about 45 000 spectators will watch tomorrow’s final at 5 pm.

— Witness Reporter.

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